Bible Readings: June 8-14 2020

LOVE GOD’S WORD & PRAYER

New Testament Challenge 2020

At Faith Baptist Fellowship, we Love God’s Word and Prayer. Hearing a sermon at church on Sunday mornings alone isn’t enough to be considered a healthy diet of God’s word and prayer. We strongly believe that every growing disciple of Jesus needs to be regularly hearing from God through his word and personally speaking back to God through prayer.

We are challenging everyone to read through the entire New Testament in 2020 – one chapter per day, five days per week. If regular Bible reading is not yet a habit of yours, this is a great way to get started! As always, we will provide devotional thoughts and helpful prayer points on the passages. The weekend material will prepare you for the upcoming Sunday sermon as well as provide some discussion help for Faith Groups.

We recommend you set aside at least 15-20 minutes a day for this plan and prayer. If you fall behind, just start on the current day. Try to develop the habit of reading at the same time and place. We suggest having a journal and pen for answering questions and recording your thoughts and insights. Happy Bible Reading!

Download PDF: DBR 2020 Jun 8-14

Monday, June 8

Read Mark 14:1-72

THINK: A long chapter filled with examples of devotion and betrayal. How many examples of devotion do you find? How many examples of betrayal? Have you ever been criticized for doing something good? Why did the chief priests and scribes want to kill Jesus? Why would Judas want to betray Him? Why did the disciples fall asleep? Why did they all flee? Why might Peter have denied Jesus? Where was Jesus’ focus in the midst of all this (vs36)?
PRAY: In the middle of a chapter of conspiracy and betrayal we see devotion. A woman’s devotion to Jesus in the face of criticism, and Jesus’ devotion to His Heavenly Father in the face of betrayal and death. What made the difference between devotion and betrayal? It was a matter of focus—on the Father. The disciples lost focus on who Jesus really was. Pray for wisdom and boldness to do the right thing in the face of criticism. Are you willing to pray Jesus’ words of “not what I will but what You will, Father”? Pray.

Tuesday, June 9

Read Mark 15:1-47

THINK: A difficult chapter to read. What was Pilate’s dilemma? What did he perceive was the motive behind the chief priests delivering Jesus up for crucifixion? Who was Barabbas? What is significant about Barabbas’ part in this event? What is it an example of? What was Jesus’ response in all of this? How did the chief priests and scribes respond to Jesus on the cross? How did the centurion?
PRAY: Even in the midst of the hatred and brutality of the Passion of Christ, there is evidence of: 1) Redemption—Barabbas, a guilty man goes free in exchange for Jesus which symbolizes Jesus atoning death on our behalf. 2) Recognition of who Jesus really was—the centurion’s declaration that Jesus was the Son of God. Ask God to deepen your understanding and appreciation for Jesus’ death on the cross on your behalf. Pray for revival in your heart and in hearts of people God brings to mind today.

Wednesday, June 10

Read Mark 16:1-20

THINK: Now for the good news! What were the women in this chapter attempting to do and what were they worried about? Why might Mark make a point about the size of the stone? Who did the women encounter inside the tomb? What is the good news? Why is it good news? What did it prove? How did the disciples respond to Mary when she told of what she had seen? See Acts 17:31 and 1 Corinthians 15:12-19.
PRAY: The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the central tenet of the Christian faith. It was the final proof of Jesus’ message that He was God’s Son. It is what separates Christianity from every other major world religion. It is not enough that Jesus was crucified. Without the resurrection Paul says our faith is in vain (1 Cor 15:14). Reflect on the power on display at the resurrection. Praise God for this evidence! Pray for those who have not heard this message. Pray for laborers to be sent into the “fields white for harvest”.

Thursday, June 11

Read Romans 1:1-32

THINK: How does Paul introduce himself? How would you define the obedience of faith? “All the nations” (v. 5) includes the Gentiles, a major theme here (see v 14). Memorized Romans 1:16. What do you think it means to live by faith? Why are all people subject to judgment without excuse? What is clearly known to them? What is the sad exchange? When you read through the extensive list of sins, which ones grab your heart and bring conviction? Consider how our society today no longer condemns these things but approves them.
PRAY: Rejoice in the triumph of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Ask God to help you walk in the obedience of faith today and every day. Tell God also that you are not ashamed of the gospel and are willing to share it with those in your sphere of life. Confess to God any sins from this passage that brought conviction. Thank God that forgiveness is available through the Lord Jesus Christ and his shed blood on the cross. Ask God to bring spiritual awakening in our land, so that rather than approve of such sins, we would repent and turn from them to God.

Friday, June 12

Read Romans 2:1-29

THINK: This chapter opens with a crucial question: is your heart hard with judgment toward others, or is it repentant toward God? God’s wrath is set for the self-seeking, unrighteous persons who do evil, while eternal life is God’s plan for his children who persist in doing good by faith. This is true for Jews and Gentiles alike. What is the conscience? What is the danger of presuming on God’s favor? Who is in danger of doing that? Do you struggle with a harsh, judgmental attitude at times? Is your heart soft toward God, trusting him?
PRAY: Humble yourself before our Father in heaven. Thank him for his saving grace through the Lord Jesus. Express your desire to persist in doing good by faith in Jesus. Ask him to keep you free from pride and self-centeredness and judgmental attitudes, but rather humble, kind, caring, and full of grace to others who need Jesus just as you do. Pray that our church is this kind of gospel-centered community, merciful, gracious, and caring.
 

Weekend, June 13-14

Read Genesis 29:31-30:24

 
  If you have fallen behind this week, consider using these extra days to catch up. You can also prepare your heart and mind for this Sunday’s worship service. Read the planned sermon text above and the thoughts below in advance of Sunday morning’s message. If you are in a Faith Group, consider discussing the questions below together.  
  THINK: What in the world is God doing? You might be asking that question! Laban’s deception of Jacob, Jacob marrying sisters, conceiving of children by the servants: these are all things we find curious and even immoral. One of the Bible’s clear lessons is “all have sinned” and yet God works powerfully through flawed people. God gives Jacob 12 sons and creates 12 tribes. God gives Joseph as a Deliverer for his people Israel; he also prefigures the ultimate Deliverer Jesus Christ. See the hand of God working through the sins and waywardness of people and TRUST HIM. He is at work.  
  PRAY: Praise God for how he has used these stunning turns of events in Genesis to create a people for himself, a people through whom he would send Jesus as the Savior and Redeemer. Express your trust in him, trust in his hand of providence, and your trust that he is at work in the twists and turns of your own life.  
  FAITH GROUP: It is unlikely that any in your group has experienced the kind of complicated family dynamics as recorded in this passage, but we all may have experienced some dysfunction. Share, as you feel comfortable, how God has worked through a difficult family situation in your life. Is there a current family situation that perplexes you? One that you don’t see how God could bring any good from? Are you having difficulty trusting him in this? What gives you hope?